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The Other House
London, William Heinemann. 1896, 1896. First Edition. Two Volumes. 8vo. Publisher's light blue cloth, light edgewear and scuffing, bumping to spine and some very light rubbing to extremities. Some darkening to the spine but essentially clean, strong and tight. Shows extremely well. Internally clean and fresh, front inner hinge cracked to gutter. Ink ownership to front pastedowns of both volumes. A very handsome set, printed in a run of only 600 copies, scarce by any account and especially so in this condition. Even more interesting is the fact that this copy is inscribed by James to the half title of volume 1 to a 'Mrs. Hill' in the year of publication. Mrs. Hill in this case was Jane Dalzell Finlay; daughter of the owner of the Northern Whig newspaper and the wife of the editor [Frank Harrison Hill] of the London Daily News. A journalist and prolific correspondant of such arts luminaries as Henry Irving for example Mrs Hill was in addition a literary critic for the Daily News and The Saturday Review. She made the acquaintance of Henry James in 1877 having just composed a review of his 'Daisy Miller', saving her most severe approbation for 'An Internatonal Episode'. Interestingly James wrote a long and detailed letter to Mrs. Hill defending his creation and responding to various points presented in her review. This letter (found in Henry James: A Life in Letters) remains the only letter from James responding to a critic. James and Mrs. Hill continued to correspond and indeed became friends. A few other examples of James' work inscribed to Mrs. Hill exist amongst the darkened stacks of the rare book world, but this is a particularly handsome and scarce example.
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